Carla wins hands down as my least favorite mob wife. It boils down to her continual state of denial and her secrecy regarding all her connections to the mob. Why agree to be on a show that promotes mob associations, only to say you are only remotely associated to the mob through an uncle, Bruno Facciolo (who was murdered in August of 1990).
She acknowledges that her father, the brother of Bruno, was imprisoned at least twice; once when she was a child and the other time when she was in her 20’s. She never tells us why her father was imprisoned even though she claims her mother never hid his imprisonment from their children. Surely she must have overheard a conversation or asked why he was in jail. That would be my first reaction if my father went away for years. For me it just raises a red flag that she is hiding things. I feel she is purposely not disclosing his name, the reason for his incarceration and possibly his affiliation with the mob. In fact, on the Joy Behar show, she said her father wasn’t a “member” of the mob, but no one asked if he was an “associate.”
When she talks about her husband, the stock broker, she downplays his crimes. It’s as though she is saying: what’s stock fraud compared to murder, drug trafficking, larceny, loan sharking and crimes like that? When I looked into exactly what Joseph Ferragamo had done (see blog for May 11), I was more than a little angry with Carla’s attitude. He was involved in stock fraud, of one kind or another, for years. He worked at many companies, changing firms often, and participating in the latest money making scheme of the day. The money he benefited from came from victims he scammed, many of whom were vulnerable senior citizens. I wonder if Carla ever gives a thought to any of these people when she looks into her mother’s 67 year old eyes. Even Carla’s mother seems sympathetic to her son-in-law’s plight. “He isn’t a bad person,“ she is heard saying while sitting at Carla’s kitchen table. And, while discussing Joey’s crimes, her mother responds “big deal.“ To her it wasn’t a “big deal,“ but then again, it wasn’t her money he was stealing, was it? There is also some reason to believe that Joey Ferragamo allegedly had ties to organized crime according to Federal authorities, as one of the firms may have been run by organized crime members. But, Carla hasn’t revealed a thing.
Yet her VH1 bio seems to indicate that she was raised in the mob lifestyle. Here’s a quote: “While her father went to prison when she was young, it didn't stop her from living the lifestyle she grew to love. When Carla was 17 she started dating street guys and really got a taste of the life. She hung out with girls like Renee, and others -- whose parents were either in the life or extremely wealthy.” That suggests to me that her mob lifestyle was provided by more than just an “uncle.” She even dated mobsters, so the bio says. I wonder when and how she met Joey, don’t you? Maybe that’s a little secret too?
Yes, Carla is secretive about her family’s involvement in the mob and she is in a state of denial about where the money, that pays for her lavish lifestyle came from. Hard working, elderly people, who saved money for their retirement are paying for her gym membership, her limos, her wardrobe, her new clothing line, her house, her manicures and pedicures, her liquor, her hair, her condo in Florida…you name it. She may seem like the “wallflower” on the show, but under her “polished” (and I use the word as loosely as possible) exterior, is a woman with no conscience.
Who is your least favorite mob wife and why? I’d really like to know. Leave a comment and check out the POLL on your right to cast your vote.